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Static Ideas of Competition in the Information Age…and in Congress

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The technology sector is earning favorable reviews for its amazing ability to keep consumers connected and elements of the economy functioning during the coronavirus pandemic. The pioneering Silicon Valley and technology policy journalist Ina Fried said as much on a recent TPI podcast.  But, while tech may be burnishing its image with consumers and others now, it may have to work hard to dissuade Congress from enacting new internet regulations at some point soon. Congress is out of town and the bipartisan goals of campaign year fundraising may keep members […]

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Does Social Distancing Save Lives?

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“Social distancing” rules have been key tools for mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing involves a combination of voluntary and government-imposed restrictions on personal interactions in order to prevent the virus from passing from person to person. In much of the world, and in the United States in particular, restrictions have included closing schools, requiring “non-essential” businesses to close, and asking residents to stay home. Has social distancing helped stop, or at least slow, the spread of the coronavirus? An econometric analysis of variations in social distancing orders across […]

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“Ina Fried on Tech and Coronavirus, and How Life is Changing” (Two Think Minimum)

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Scott Wallsten: Hi and welcome back to Two Think Minimum. Today is March 31st, 2020 and I’m Scott Wallsten, president and senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. I’m joined by my colleague, TPI senior fellow, Sarah Oh. And today we are delighted to have as our guest Ina Fried. Ina is the chief technology correspondent for Axios, and before that she was a senior editor or writer at some of the most important tech journalism sites there are: Recode, All Things Digital, CNET and others. Ina, Thanks for joining […]

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“Rob Pegoraro on Tech and the Coronavirus” (Two Think Minimum)

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Scott Wallsten: Hi and welcome back to the Technology Policy Institutes podcast’s Two Think Minimum. Today is Monday, March 23rd, 2020. I’m Scott Wallsten, president and senior fellow at TPI, joined by my cohost TPI senior fellow Sarah Oh. And today we are honored to be joined by journalist Rob Pegoraro. Rob covers tech policy at Yahoo Finance, writes a tech help column for USAToday.com, offers telecom and gadget guidance at Wirecutter and contributes to Fast Company, Consumer Reports, Arstechnica, pcmag.com, boingboing, venturebeat and Discovery News. Welcome Rob. Rob Pegoraro: […]

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“Looking Back on Ten Years of the National Broadband Plan with Blair Levin” (Two Think Minimum)

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Scott Wallsten: Hi and welcome back to the Technology Policy Institute’s podcast, Two Think Minimum. It’s Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 and I’m Scott Wallsten, TPI president and senior fellow. I’m joined by Blair Levin, who is currently a nonresident fellow with the Brookings Institution and a policy advisor at New Street. Blair’s worked for the past 25 years at a high level at the intersection of broadband policy and capital markets. And most importantly for the purpose of this conversation, he led the FCC’s national broadband plan back in 2009 […]

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A New Normal for Broadband Prioritization

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Broadband networks in the U.S. are holding up well so far, despite massive increases in internet usage from home for telework, distance learning, telehealth, and, of course, entertainment. Some European networks have not been so robust, with the EU asking Netflix and other streaming services to reduce its traffic by 25 percent to prevent congestion. Given the large share of bandwidth used to stream Netflix, such action may help. But the coronavirus crisis is revealing in ways that we have not seen before that different types of internet traffic are […]

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eSports: The Content Hero We All Need Right Now

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March is typically a heralded month in sports: NBA and NHL games become more intense as teams enter into the last phase of their season before spring playoffs, NCAA basketball teams compete in March Madness, the MLB starts its season, and NASCAR racing begins its 7 Cup Series. The coronavirus has put a stop to all of this. But maybe a hero will emerge to save stranded sports fans (and others quarantined with them): eSports. eSports, or competitive video gaming, can be played from anywhere at any time with a […]

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“Kelcee Griffis of Law360 on Spectrum Institutions” (Two Think Minimum)

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Scott Wallsten: Hi and welcome back to TPI’s podcast Two Think Minimum. It’s Thursday, February 27th, 2020 and I’m Scott Wallsten, president and senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. I am joined by my cohost, TPI Senior Fellow, Sarah Oh. Today we’ll be speaking with Kelcee Griffis, who is a senior telecom reporter at Law360 which covers major developments in litigation, legislation, and transactions and publishes more than 200 stories every day. I think you’re responsible for about half of them as far as I can tell. But Kelcee […]

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Research Roundup for February 2020

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Welcome back to TPI’s Research Roundup, our semi-regular compilation of recent outside research of interest to tech policy nerds. From Fake News to GDPR, there’s something here for everyone.[1] If you’ve read a paper you think might be interesting to include in the next roundup, feel free to send it to nlovin@techpolicyinstitute.org DISCLAIMER: The papers and authors are not affiliated with TPI. We do not necessarily agree with everything, or even anything, in these papers, but find them interesting and informative.  In this month’s Roundup: Electoral Competition with Fake News Competing with […]

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“Bruce Mehlman on 2020’s Tech Policy Knowns and Unknowns” (Two Think Minimum)

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Tom Lenard: Hi and welcome back to TPI’s podcast Two Think Minimum. It’s Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 and I’m Tom Lenard, president emeritus and senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. Today we’re delighted to talk to Bruce Mehlman. Bruce is the founder of Mehlman, Castagnetti, Rosen and Thomas, a government relations firm here in DC. Prior to that he was assistant secretary of commerce for technology policy in the George W. Bush administration and he’s kind of an all around smart guy. He has very smart things to say […]

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